Edo State Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Col. David Imuse (rtd) has urged Governor Godwin Obaseki to resign because he appears to have run out of ideas about how to govern the state.

The call came less than two months after the governor was sworn into office for a second term after a keenly contested election.

In a statement, Imuse said the call became necessary because the governor was failing in his duty of protecting the lives of the Edo people and had shown gross disregard for the rule of law with his personal interest clashing with official duties.

Imuse listed Governor Obaseki’s failure to uphold his oath of office to protect the lives and property of Edo citizens, his penchant for disobeying court orders, and his decision to plunge Edo State into more indebtedness with his recent borrowing of N25 billion from the capital market as the reasons for his call.

“No one is safe in Edo. The state is under siege. We have a governor who has lost focus. Fear and insecurity have become the order of the day, yet he takes N700 million monthly as security vote. And so far he has not been able to deploy this huge amount to mobilize security agencies in the state to fight criminality,” he said.

He added that today, Edo State has a governor who does not have an iota of respect for the judicial and legislative arms of government or the rule of law although he regularly runs to the courts on the most frivolous of excuses.

“A court recently ruled that the duly elected chairman of Etsako East Local Government Council who was illegally removed from office should go back to his seat. But the governor, in disobedience of the court, mobilized thugs to seal up the entrance of the Council Secretariat at Agenebode, denying the chairman access.

“Because Edo State is designed to be governed by relevant laws”, Colonel Imuse said, “Edo APC is ready to take the bull by the horn, as it can no longer condone a governor who has no regard for the rule of law.”

The Edo APC chairman, who also blamed Obaseki for making Edo the third most indebted state in the country, wondered why he would clandestinely resort to borrowing N25 billion from the capital market without telling Edo people why and what it would be used for.

“This loan is unacceptable to Edo people and the governor must urgently return it or cancel it outrightly because it is to be repaid by Edo taxpayers and to make matters worse, his own company, Afrinvest is the stockbroker for the facility. This action is illegal, as there is a clash of interest,” he said.


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